The Inspired Version of
the Gospel of Thomas
A Short Introduction to the Gospel of Thomas
The Gospel of Thomas is a collection of traditional sayings, prophecies, proverbs, and parables of Jesus written down by the Apostle Thomas. It was re-discovered in December 1945 by two Egyptian fellahin who were riding their camels in search of natural fertilizer along the base of the magnificent cliffs that grace the River Nile as it flows around the great river bend in Upper Egypt. They unearthed a sealed storage jar that had lain in the sands of Egypt undisturbed for hundreds of years. In it were the fragments of hundreds of papyri that were later assembled by scholars into 52 different texts, the majority of which were previously unknown to the Christian world. This collection is known as the Nag Hammadi Library and belonged to an Egyptian Gnostic sect.
That the Gospel of Thomas existed was known before the Nag Hammadi Library was discovered as several fragments of a Greek version had been unearthed earlier at different places. These Greek fragments date to about 200 A.D. and scholars are fairly certain now that the Greek translation was made around the second half of the First Century, in Syria, Palestine or Mesopotamia.
The relationship of the Gospel of Thomas to the New Testament Gospels is a matter of great interest for many of the sayings of the Gospel of Thomas have parallels in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). A comparison of the sayings of the Gospel of Thomas with their parallels in the Synoptic Gospels suggests that the sayings of the Gospel of Thomas either are present in a more primitive form or are developments of a more primitive form of such sayings. Indeed, the Gospel of Thomas resembled the hypothetical sayings source, often called "Q" (from the German word Quelle, "source"), which many scholars believe was the common source of the sayings used by Matthew and Luke. hence there is some justification in saying that the Gospel of Thomas and its sources are collections of sayings and parables which are closely related to the sources of the New Testament Gospels.
The influence of Gnostic theology is clearly present in parts of the Gospel of Thomas, though it is not possible to ascribe the work to any particular school or sect. The collected sayings are designated as the "secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke". Thus the collection intends to be esoteric: the key to understandingis the interpretation or secret meaning of the sayings, for "whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."
The Gospel of Thomas consists of about 114 "sayings" or Logia together with a short prologue. These divisions are somewhat arbitrary but have been retained as they are the ones most commonly used by scholars today. This edition, produced by the Holy Order, is not only a fresh translation of the original text, but also a prophetic expansion which gives some of the keys to their understanding. This expansion published in this edition is but one of many. Logions which are of a later date and are certainly later additions by the Manichean or Catharist sects, have been removed, as these are almost certainly extracts from various gnostic agrapha such as the Gospel According to the Hebrews and the Gospel According to the Egyptians which are disjunctive with the New Testament and represent later, spurious theological developments. They are therefore of no interest to the Holy Order but may be studied elsewhere in various publications by the interested student.
Most Christians have never heard of, let alone studied, the Gospel of Thomas and may perhaps have been dissuaded from doing so because of tradition. Truth, however, is its own authority or "tradition" and does not need the imprimatur of earthly authorities. Indeed, it is presented to the world in its present form because it harmonises with the existing Bible Canons of the Christian Churches.
The Holy Order is releasing only the first 12 Logions in this printing as it is not usually the policy of the Order to publish its esoteric works. It is printing this edition with the hope and prayer that those who are seeking for deeper truth will be touched in their hearts, recognise within themselves the source, and desire to know more of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Second Edition, Sofia, February 1994
First Edition, Oslo, September 1989
THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS
A New Translation with A Prophetic Expansion
Presiding Patriarch of the Holy Order
These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down:
1. Jesus said: Whosoever findeth the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.
a. Verily, verily, I say unto you: Ignorance is death, for the ignorant man plucketh the poisoned fruit and partaketh of it; it is sweet unto the taste but bitterness unto the belly.
b. I am the Word of Life, and whosoever believeth in Me shall receive life and not taste the death of ignorance.
c. He who understandeth turneth the key of life and unto him shall be revealed all things, and he shall know Me even as I know the Father, and as the Father knoweth Me.
2. Jesus said: Let him who seeketh continue seeking until he findeth. When he findeth, he will become troubled. We he becometh troubled, he will be astonished, and will reign over all.
a. The children of the Kingdom seek until they have found, and in finding they are found.
b. Ye seek what ye know not, but blessed is he who seeketh, for I shall find him and take him home.
c. He who seeketh not shall not be found but shall wander the earth as a stranger, drinking but remaining thirsty, eating but always being hungry.
d. The child seeketh as a child and findeth as a child; and when he findeth as a child he becometh a man. The man seeketh as a man and findeth as a man; and when he findeth as a man he becometh a Christ-child, for he hath found the divine nature.
e. Ye seek in the imagination of your hearts, and when ye find ye are greatly perplexed for it is not as ye at first supposed. Nevertheless if ye had no imagination ye would be unable to search; therefore despise not the imaginings that are willing to yield themselves to be reworked by the Son of God.
f. Imagination is the beginning of revelation and though it beginneth impure as a muddy stream, it shall be cleansed if the object of its searching is the Father of Light.
g. When a man is troubled and perplexed he must either take the path that leadeth unto enligtenment or the path that leadeth unto chaos and disorganisation.
h. He who is enlightened shall be amazed and rejoice greatly for he hath crossed the veil into the Firstborn. But he who is not enlightened shall grow bitter and disappointed, and the veil shall be as brass unto him.
i. He who hath crossed the veil and is enlightened by the Father is the master of his own life, having arrived at the unity of the Godhead.
3. Jesus said: If those who are your leaders say unto you, "Behold, the Kingdom is in the sky," then the birds of the sky shall get therefore before you do. If they say unto you, "It is in the sea," then the fish will get there before you. Rather, the Kingdom of Heaven is within you and outside you. When ye come to know yourselves, then ye will become known, and ye will understand that ye are children of the living Father. But if ye do not know yourselves, then behold, ye live in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.
a. Those who see outwardly judge outwardly also; they neither know themselves nor they whom they judge.
b. But they who see inwardly, with the eye of faith, judge inwardly also, for they behold their own poverty and are not therefore quick to judge the poverty of others.
c. The world was first created in images; and the images were clothed with substance, and God breathed life into the substance.
d. He who beholdeth not the image understandeth not the substance; and if a man beholdeth not the images that are the foundation of his thoughts, then he can neither understand himself nor be understood of others.
e. Ye behold the birds of the air and the fish of the sea but ye see not the creatures within you that clothe your thoughts to make comprehensible that which is incomprehensible.
f. He who knoweth himself not cannot repent; and he who repenteth not cannot know Me; and he who knoweth Me not cannot know the Father. And awful is his darkness.
g. All things begin inwardly and proceed outwardly. If the Kingdom of Heaven is not found within you it cannot be found outside you either. Is a house built before the architect hath designed it? Doth the archer draw the bow with his eyes closed? Yet ye seek the Kingdom outwardly while there is darkness within your own souls.
h. Kindle the inner light and ye will see Me inwardly and outwardly.
4. Jesus said: The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the realm of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same.
a. Blessed is he who understandeth this saying for he will no longer strive to be first nor be discouraged when he is last.
b. If ye would become sons and daughters God ye cannot deny your beginnings, saying: "I have no beginning."
c. For all things have a beginning, and all things have an end. But that which entereth the realm of the Son of Man is both at once, for the beginning is the end, and the end is the beginning.
d. The Tree and the Seed are one, even as the Father and the Son are one.
e. The old despise the young because their youth has perished, and they are envious; but the old man who is in Me is eternally young, and his youth shall never depart from him.
f. The wisdom of the young is eternal, and the wisdom of the old is eternal. Therefore the old will learn from the young, and the young from the old.
g. I am the fountain of Eternal Youth, and I am the sea of Eternal Age. I am the God of the young and the agèd, and all are alike unto Me.
h. There is a child in every man; let him teach thee. The Father is in the Son, and the Son is in the Father. I am the Father and the Son, for I am One. And the Father is the Father and the Son, for He is One also.
5. Jesus said: Know what is within your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become clear unto you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed.
a. The father is hidden within the son, and the mother within the daughter. When the son seeth, he shall become a father; but if he seeth not, he shall remain a son;
b. Unbind the infant that it may walk and see; release the captive. Let the son go free and he will become a father. Bind him, and he will perish.
c. Let the blind open their eyes and seek, then they shall find and be satisfied.
d. Those who do not seek shall remain blind and shall be satisfied with their darkness, until the Father of Lights revealeth them and they become blinded by the Light also.
e. He who will not see now will never see, and hath chosen the way of death. For such there is no hope.
6. His disciples questioned Him, saying: Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What food may we eat? Jesus said: Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, since all things are clear before Heaven. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing covered that will not be uncovered.
a. What ye do, do out of love, that ye may not be judged as hypocrites. For what a man doeth grudgingly in the Name of the Father shall turn back and condemn him.
b. Doth the river flow up the mountain? Doth the hair of the man grow shorter? Doth the child return unto the womb of his mother?
c. All things must proceed along their natural course according to that which was ordained from the beginning; that which defieth law shall be condemned by that law, returning with vengeance upon the law-breaker.
d. Deception is a crooked path with stumbling stones and pits which hath a beginning but no end. The Path of Truth hath no end also, and never the twain shall meet.
e. He who walketh the path of deception must return unto its beginning until he hath found the Path of Truth, for this is repentance and restitution.
f. See that ye are true unto yourselves, weaving not veils to protect your gods from the Light of Truth. For that which is false must be brought dwon to stand manifest before the Light; and the strength of a man sold unto sin is wasted.
g. Hate falsehood that ye may not cleave unto it but see that ye do not hate the truth; for he who hateth the truth cannot cleave unto it either and is thereby cursed pertaining to its blessing.
h. If ye know not whether to love or hate, knowing not whether a matter is true or false, do not judge, but reserve judgment unto the Father.
i. Ye shall not hate a matter until ye have the vision of heaven, knowing and hating as the heavens hate. And if your love of virtue is not greater than your hatred of falsehood, ye shall be consumed by hatred, and your love will be swallowed in hate.
j. Therefore ye shall not hate save that which God hateth, and then only after ye have been spiritually recreated in love.
k. What is heavenly hatred? Pure hatred for falsehood is a fullness of love for truth; if ye have not this love, then your hatred of falsehood will come of evil, and ye will hate the sinner instead of the sin.
l. He who hateth sin will be broken-hearted by sin for it shall call into his mind the punishment for sin, and he shall weep for those who are consumed by sin.
m. He who hateth as the world hateth shall not weep nor be broken-hearted, but shall be filled with the spirit of murder, desiring not the welfare of those burdened by sin or the victims of the violence of sin.
n. The hatred of heaven desireth to turn sin into virtue but the hatred of hell desireth to destroy the sinner, root and branch.
o. Do what ye love and do not do what ye hate, but see that ye choose aright; for he that hateth virtue and doeth it not is cut off from the blessings of virtue, and he that hateth sin and doeth it not shall be cut off from sin and be blessed by virtue.
p. A man will choose to do what is in his nature, good or evil, for he will follow the course of the river unto its natural destination. And if he followeth not its natural course, he shall be divided against himself, and his inner kingdom shall become the chaos of Abbadon.
q. Therefore the sinner will follow the path of sin for it is natural for him, and neither you, nor he, can change that course by force or by compulsive means.
r. Only if a man will change direction, which is repentance, and return down the path of sin to its beginning, calling upon God for His strength and salvation, having remorse for the wrong he hath done unto himself and his fellow man, can he find the Path of Virtue.
s. I am the Path of Virtue and whosoever calleth upon Me in faith, turning aside from the path of sin, shall be turned back down the path of sin and shall not stumble nor fall into the pit.
t. And when he hath begun on the Path of Truth he shall be made free and will do that which is right in the eyes of God and of angels. He will walk in the perfect brightness of the day; he will be uncovered and not be ashamed.
u. He will manifest himself before himself and before heaven, and God will begin to manifest Himself unto him. He will know as he is known and manifest as he is manifested.
v. And all things will be plain unto him, for he will walk in the simplicity and purity of his heart without veils and deceptions, having no regard for his own will but doing only the will of his Father in Heaven.
w. I am manifest to all and I do only what I love; and I love to do the will of Him who sent Me. I do not do what I hate; and I hate sin in every degree, and do not the will of him who is an enemy unto My soul.
x. Lie not unto your fellow man, neither lie unto yourselves, but hearken unto the small voice within that leadeth you to do good. Lie not unto the Word of God; and if ye hate the Word of God in any particular ye must needs repent and find the Path of Truth again.
7. Jesus said: Blessed is the lion which becometh a man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumeth, and the lion becometh man.
a. Blessed is the lower nature of man when it becometh the Christ-nature, being swallowed up by the Christ, for it shall fulfil the measure of its creation.
b. The lower nature of man is carnal, sensual and devilish, and roareth like a lion that is hungry and findeth not its prey. It goeth to and fro seeking to fulfil its appetite until it hath found and devoured.
c. And thus the children of men roam through the cities and the countryside seeking to devour one another, for each one seeketh after his own and hath no regard for his fellow man.
d. Blessed are ye when ye are swallowed up in Me, for ye shall then become Me; for he who eateth the bread and drinketh the wine of heaven becometh the flesh and blood of heaven, which is the fullness of the nature of heavenly beings.
e. Cursed are ye when your higher Christ-nature, which was given unto you as a seed when ye were born into the world, is consumed by the passions of your lower nature and ye become fully after the order of that nature.
f. See that your lower nature becometh spiritual, being not conformed after the pattern of the world. I have come to redeem the lower nature and to unfold the Christ-nature, so that ye may become like Me, even as I am like the Father.
8. And He said: The man who seeketh the Kingdom of Heaven is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish. Among them the wise fisherman found a fine large fish. He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chose the larger fish without difficulty. He who hath ears to hear let him hear.
a. He who understandeth this saying shall understand many things; they who understand not this saying shall not understand Me, nor My Father in Heaven.
b. Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all things shall be added unto you, even as the wise fisherman sought for the large fish and threw all the smaller fish back into the sea.
c. Behold, the smaller fish are the thoughts, desires, and passions of the world. The foolish fisherman saith unto himself: I will keep all the fish I have caught, large and small, and I shall be satisfied.
d. But I say unto you, that no man can make his bed with the righteous and the wicked, nor can he drink from a fountain that is both bitter and sweet, nor can he gather grapes from thistles.
e. The wise man casteth away all his worldly thoughts, desires and passions, and chooseth the Way of the Kingdom. Unless your minds and hearts are single unto the Kingdom of Heaven ye will not find it.
f. For behold, while the foolish fisherman counselled with himself to retain both the large and the small, the large fish leaped back into the sea and all that he was left with were the small.
g. He who seeketh to fulfil his own desires and to seek the Kingdom of Heaven shall loose the Kingdom of Heaven, for purity cannot make its home with impurity.
h. If a young woman seeketh the heart of a young man and winneth his heart, will he yet love her if she seeketh after other men? Nay, for he will tell her to choose betwixt him and the others, or to depart.
i. Likewise those who seek marriage into the Kingdom, and yet desire to remain married to the world shall be asked to choose the one or the other.
j. Choose ye this day your bridegroom for ye cannot enter heaven and hell together, for either ye must become children of one or children of the other.
k. There are many kingdoms; the Kingdom of Heaven is one but the kingdoms of this world are many. And behold, there are as many small fish as there are kingdoms, yea, as numerous as the stars in heaven.
l. And many of these kingdoms have a righteousness of sorts, and many will suppose that they are the Kingdom of Heaven, not being able to discern between the small and the large on account of their blindness.
m. Yea, for they will take hold of a small fish and say: Behold, here is a large fish and yonder there are smalerl fish, therefore have I found the Kingdom of Heaven. But they perceive not the larger fish for the suppose they have received everything.
n. Many will come in the last days saying: Lo, the Kingdom of Heaven is with us, and there is nothing greater, for we have the fullness.
o. But when the fullness cometh they will not behold it, being bound down by their sins and the desires of their fallen natures. And such must eventually become the children of hell if they repent not, for when the greater cometh they shall deny it because they love the security and praises of their own little kingdoms.
p. And thus in the last days there shall come a great sifting, yea, like unto the days of Noah. And when the greater cometh the people must choose the one or the other, or be damned.
q. See therefore that ye cast the small away, for they shall trouble you by their slipperiness, and many will escape anyway for the world cannot reward you.
9. Jesus said: Now the sower went out, took and handful of seeds, and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered them up. Others fell on rock, did not take root in the soil, and did not produce ears. And others fell on thorns; they choked the seeds and worms ate them. And others fell on the good soil and produced good fruit: it bore sixty per measure and a hundred-and-twenty per measure.
a. The seed is the Light of Christ, being the embryo of the Word. I am the Word and the Light, and My Spirit is spread abroad in the hearts of men to be received or rejected as they will.
b. Blessed is the heart that is like unto tilled soil which is easy to work and soft to the touch of the tenderest hands. The good soil hath been worked over by the hand of the labourer who hath worked in the heat of the day and hath sweated from his brow.
c. As the labourer turneth the soil, so must the mind and heart of man labour with his thoughts and feelings, applying them diligently with understanding and compassion in all that he doeth.
d. The lessons of life are not learned in an hour but only as ye search diligently, turning the soil of your souls that the Breath of God may cleanse and purify your thoughts and feelings even as the air of the heavens cleanseth the soil that the labourer worketh.
e. He who tendeth his thoughts and feelings as a farmer tendeth the earth shall make good soil in which the keys of the Kingdom may be planted and take root, bringing forth sixty per measure and a hundred-and-twenty per measure of Light.
f. He who tendeth his thoughts and feelings, who is a diligent guardian of his soul, having regard for the stewardship thereof, shall ensure that thorns and thistles grow not in the soil of his soul.
g. Thorns and thistles bear no fruit of use to man; these are the thoughts and desires of man that choke out virtue and pure intelligence. For a soil well tilled may grow all manner of plants even as the fertile soul may receive thoughts and passions that will not benefit it.
h. The carnal mind and heart choke out the good, strangling a man's inheritance of Light. See then that ye seek after true doctrine and are filled with pure thoughts and desires that the seed of the Kingdom of Heaven as not choked out of you and the worms of dissolution destroy not the toil of the labourer.
i. The man whose mind and heart are filled with rocks of disbelief, having no faith, shall not give place for the seed to Light to take root, but the seed shall be profitless unto him, and shall whither away.
j. See then that ye till your souls; remove the rocks of fathlessness and give no place for the thorns and thistles of the false and carnal ways of fallen man, but see that ye do all things aright.
k. There are some who are like a road well walked and trodden by the ways of the world. Their course is hard and inflexible like an army on its way to war.
l. The road may be seen of all and may be used by all. These are they who have created grand designs that occupy their whole lives, and when the seed of Light falleth upon them, their hungry thoughtd sweep down and devour it, but not unto multiplication and fruitfulness.
m. These are they whose God is not the Father of Lights but the gods of this world and the ambitions thereof. There are the kings, rulers, merchants, philosophers and priests of the world, whose way is strait but whose end is power, honours, fornication and wealth.
n. Those who walk upon this path shall perish as pertaining the Kingdom of Heaven for no seed can take root therein but shall be swept away to be consumed upon their lusts.
o. It is easier to tread the soil than to work it with your hands; he who is lazy and slothful, that the seeds of the Kingdom may not be planted therein, can never enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
p. The seed is free and cometh by grace from the Father of Lights, but ye must prepare your minds and hearts else ye cannot receive it. I am the Sower, and I am sowing, and shall impart liberally unto all those who will receive Me and My Teaching.
10. Jesus said: I have cast fire upon the world, and behold, I am guarding it until it blazes.
a. The Father of Lights dwelleth in Eternal Light and he who is not purified and sanctified by the Light cannot dwell in His presence, but must burn as the stubble at the end of the harvest.
b. I came not into the world to bring peace unto the world but to divide it asunder, the Light from the darkness, that I might purge the seed of Adam and call home the redeemed of the Father.
c. My peace I leave with you that your souls may be comforted and abide the days of fire, that your hearts may not grow weak and faint.
d. The Word of God is as fire to the sinner for it seareth his conscience and burneth him up within. Behold, this is the mercy of God for if a man's conscience is not disturbed, how shall he repent and obtain his salvation?
e. I shallnot put out the fire until those who will repent have repented, and those who will not have ripened in iniquity. And the days of the family of Adam will be prolonged until the fire hath come nigh unto all, for My Gospel must go forth unto all nations, kindreds, and tongues, that the world may be judged.
f. The fire is gentle and nourishing unto the children of the Kingdom but a raging inferno unto the wicked. Therefore shall the world hate Me and those who love Me, for the Light will not bring them peace.
g. Gird up your loins and be ready for flight, for when the wicked are ablaze they shall seek to kill you. They will seek to extinguish the fire which torments them, that they might have peace; and they will perscute you supposing that ye are the source of the fire.
h. But I am guarding the fire, and the fire will not go out, even if they kill you, until the truth of My Father hath swept thr world and cleansed it of all iniquity.
i. See that ye guard the Light that is within you and that will come, that ye neither deny it nor seek to extinguish it. The Word of God cannot be extinguished but must abide forever, for the Word if the Light, and the Light is the Law by which all things are sustained that have their being.
j. Go forth and sow the Light that I have given unto you that the world may burn more brightly and be prepared when I return.
11. Jesus said: This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away: but those who are dead will not live, and those who live will not die.
a. The lower heavens cannot become spiritually alive and will pass away because they have been defiled by those who were spiritually dead in the earthly heaven.
b. And the heaven which is on earth shall pass away because it is not My Heaven but the heaven of he whe defileth all things.
c. Those who are dead to God cannot become alive in the worlds of spirit; but those who live in God will never die, whether on earth or in heaven.
d. That which is not alive must pass away, both inwardly and outwardly. I am alive for ever and will not pass away.
12. Today ye eat dead things and make them come alive. When you come to dwell in the Light, what will you do? For on the day ye become enlightened ye will become two instead of one; and when ye become two, what will ye do?
a. Ye eat the words and philosophies of men, and when ye partake of them, ye make them come alive, for ye breathe life into them. And by this means ye multiply their evil deeds and perpetuate the kingdom of the father of death.
b. Behold, when ye eat the words and doctrines of the Son of Man, and when ye partake of them, they come alive, for I breathe new life into you. And by this means ye eat My Body and drink My Blood.
c. On this day ye will become both the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of Light; whereas before ye belonged only to one, now ye belong to both. Therefore what shall ye do?
d. Behold, ye must cast out the one or the other, for the two cannot hold fellowship with one another. They must make war with one another until the one hath overpowered the other.
e. See, therefore, that ye cast out the darkness, that ye may become one again, for ye were created to become one, not two.
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